Monday, August 3, 2009

September 3, 1951: Music notation


This is the first strip in which Schulz draws complex music notation, which he said in Peanuts: A Golden Celebration he found challenging yet satisfying to draw. Schroeder's still playing the generic baby, so the two haven't met yet.

I remember that there is a similar early Garfield strip along these lines. Garfield and Odie sing with each other. Jon comes along singing something different, represented by a different note. In the last panel, the animals shout their note at him while Jon reacts in surprise. It's one of the more entertaining early Garfield strips, I seem to remember.

1 comment:

  1. Considering that Chuck's apparently pulling off ten-part harmony with himself over a three and a half octave range, "musical snob" is a pretty tepid reaction.